BCS Beat: Issue 8.34

Upcoming Events

Tonight, April 27: Spring Recital, 7:00 pm (Performers should report at 6:45)
May 2: Serve-a-Thon Day
May 9: Elementary Musical, 7:00 pm (students report at 6:30)
May 12: Spring Concert, 7:00 pm
May 23: Celebrate BCS Night, 6:00 pm
May 30: BCS Night at the Fightin's
August 29th: First day of school for 17/18 school year! (Full school calendar coming soon)

Serve-a-Thon 2017

Progress Toward Our Goal

We're inching ever closer toward our goal of sending out 3,000 sponsorship letters. So far 2,445 letters have been collected and mailed. For reaching a total of 2,200 letters, we've earned ice cream for the whole school which will be served on Monday, 5/1/17.

Please contact Mrs Bromwell if you need more letters! And don't forget that you can submit sponsorship requests via email by using this email webpage we've set up. There is plenty of time to be in the running for our three big prizes, awarded to the three families who submit the most letters. Prizes are $300 for first place, $200 for second place, and $100 for third place. You must submit at least 50 letters and have them submitted by FRIDAY, APRIL 28 (TOMORROW!) at 3:00 pm in order to be eligible for these prizes. Winners will be announced at Celebrate BCS Night.

Serve-a-Thon Day Details

Each student will receive a Serve-a-Thon t-shirt on the morning of Serve-a-Thon. Students should wear jeans or athletic pants (no shorts or leggings allowed) and sneakers. All students should bring a disposable water bottle. Students in preschool through 2nd grade must bring along a booster seat if aged seven or younger. Students in grades 6 through 12 should bring work gloves and sunscreen.

Athletics

Track Schedule

Friday, 4/28: Middle School and Varsity Practice, 3:00 - 4:30
Monday, 5/1: Middle School and Varsity Practice, 3:00 - 4:30
Tuesday, 5/2: Varsity Track Meet at Tulpehocken High School, team departs at 2:30
Thursday, 5/4: Middle School and Varsity Practice, 3:00 - 4:30

Boost the Boosters

Berks Christian Athletic Boosters is partnering with the Exeter Youth Soccer Association for the upcoming spring soccer season (Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from mid-April through June). Exeter Youth Soccer Association uses the BCS field for these events and boosters will be selling concessions here at BCS during all youth soccer events. We are looking for an individual who would be willing to head up concession sales at these events. We will also need plenty of additional volunteers to help out. All proceeds will go towards the Athletic Program. Please contact Athletic Director Kody Godsey (kgodsey@berkschristian.org) if you are willing to lead in this area.

7th-12th Grade Girls Volleyball Open Gym

Miss Klase will be hosting a volleyball open gym tomorrow, Friday, April 28th from 4:30 - 6:00 pm. Even if you haven't played volleyball but are interested for next year feel free to come. Please email Miss Klase (rklase@berkschristian.org) if you plan to come. If you are not on the track team you may stay after school to work on homework until the open gym starts.

Event Details

PMEA Elementary Band & Orchestra Fest: April 28

Representing BCS in the PMEA Elementary Band and Orchestra Festival is our fifth grader, Nate, playing Alto Saxophone. This event is held in Kutztown and showcases the instrumental talents of the best students from schools in a three county area. A guest conductor works with the students for several hours on music they have practiced before hand. A string orchestra and a band concert are performed that evening. Contact Mr Rappoldt (lrappoldt@berkschristian.org) if you'd like more details.

Art and Chemistry Event

This semester, BCS chemistry students teamed up with professional artists in a unique and fascinating interdisciplinary project. As a culmination of this partnership, out students will be hosting an Art and Chemistry Event on Sunday, May 21 from 3:00-4:00 pm at the Goggleworks Ceramics Lab. Family and friends are invited to see a display of a variety of art works and hear BCS chemistry students explain some of the chemistry involved in making them. Refreshments will be provided.

Celebrate BCS Night: Coming Soon!

All families & staff are invited to join us for our 8th Annual Celebrate BCS on Tuesday, May 23rd. This is a time to enjoy a dinner together as a school family and then celebrate the achievements of our students from the entire year. If you want to come only for the awards ceremony, that will begin at 7:15pm.

The dinner will begin at 6pm. Please RSVP (by emailing rklase@berkschristian.org) by Thursday, May 18th with how many members of your family will be attending. We ask that each family bring a main dish to share. Also bring a side dish (if your last name starts with A-M) or a dessert (if your last name starts with N-Z).

One note for families of Kindergartners and Seniors: the awards given that night will also be repeated at their graduation ceremonies.

Reminders for Spring Concert on May 12th

The Spring Concert is quickly approaching!
Important information for all students in grades 4-8, Band, and HS choir:

Dress Code
Grades 4 - 5: Dressy springtime outfits
Middle School / High School Gentlemen dress code (band and choir): Black dress pants, black dress shoes, black socks, long-sleeve white dress shirt, tie (solid color or small print)
Middle School / High School Ladies dress code (band and choir): Solid white dress blouse (no sweaters or anything low cut), solid black skirt (knee length or longer, full length is preferred), black dress shoes, neutral colored nylons

Report times/places
Band: 6pm, sanctuary
MS and HS Choir: 6:30, cafeteria
Grades 4 and 5: 6:30, music room

BCS Middle School Visits the Reading Public Museum

The Reading Public Museum is hosting the Berks Christian School middle school in honor of the late Dave Zerbe who recently passed away on April 9, 2017.

The Zerbe family requested a donation be made to Berks Christian School (in lieu of flowers) where Chad Zerbe, son of Dave Zerbe, serves as the Board President. The Museum offered to host the entire school in Zerbe’s Honor. Zerbe founded Dave Zerbe Studio of Photography in 1977 and served the community for the past 39 years. The Studio served as The Museum’s preferred photographer for the past three years.

We are very excited for this visit tomorrow and grateful to The Reading Public Museum for this gift to our students.

BCS Night at the Fightin's

News and Updates

Middle School Tutoring

One of our high school students offers tutoring every Monday from 3:00 - 4:45 for any middle school students who would like help with homework, studying, or organization. Any Monday that a 6th-8th grader that would like to stay please email attendance@berkschristian.org.

Hallways of Hope Scholarship

It's our third year offering the unique Hallways of Hope Scholarship Program and we're excited about making it possible for some new families to join our BCS community. The scholarship is for newly­ enrolling families who are suggested by a current member of the BCS community. Contact the office for literature you can use to share with friends about this scholarship.

Refer a Friend

Don't forget about our referral discounts! Do you have a friend who's still on the fence about their family's schooling decision for next year? Please invite him or her to contact the school office for an educational consultation. If you refer a friend, neighbor, coworker, or anyone else you know, and they enroll, you will get a discount on your tuition, and so will the new family. Refer-a-Friend post cards are available in the school office. Give one to someone you know!

Apprenticeship Opportunity

A BCS parent with connections to GlaxoSmithKline would like to share some amazing apprenticeship opportunities with the BCS family. For students interested in pairing college education with hands-on work, these apprenticeships are invaluable! GSK will even pay for the education of the apprentice. Applications are accepted through May 26th. Check out this website for more details.

Jump In and Join Us

Interested in Financial Aid for 17/18 School Year?

Remember that all returning families (that's you!) who are interested in financial aid must apply for aid by April 30th (that's TWO days away!). You can apply for aid here. Families who applied will receive initial aid letters by May 10th. (Please remember that aid is not offered to families who choose not to participate in Serve-a-Thon fundraiser by sending out sponsorship letters.)

Food Drive

Several of our students have organized a food drive to benefit Hope Rescue Mission. The students say, "Our group wants to help homeless men who are in need of food. Food is a blessing from God that we can take for granted. We are choosing to work with Hope Rescue Mission because they truly are a God centered organization, with a God centered vision! We are called by Jesus to serve others. We should love, care, help, give, and serve others just as Jesus Christ did for all of us."

Bins to drop off food donations will be located in the main lobby as well as in the gymnasium from April 28th through May 18th. All donations will be donated to Hope Rescue Mission. Ideas of food items to donate: Canned food items, canned fruit, canned chicken, canned vegetables, soups, pastas, rice, apple sauce, chicken, beef, and vegetable broths. Money donations will be accepted as well. Every little bit helps!

Around Campus

Lunch Menu for Coming Week

Friday, 4/28
Elementary: Pizza slice, salad w dressing, steamed broccoli, pineapple
HS Hot Meal: Beef lo mein, steamed oriental veggies, mixed fruit, fortune cookie
HS Cold Meal: Chicken wings w roll, steamed oriental veggies, mixed fruit, fortune cookie
HS Pizza Meal: NY Pepperoni pizza, steamed oriental veggies, mixed fruit, fortune cookie

Monday, 5/1
Elementary: Mac and cheese w roll, stewed tomatoes, green beans, pears
HS Hot Meal: Hot and spicy chicken patty, mashed potatoes, broccoli w dip, peaches
HS Cold Meal: Chicken and waffles, mashed potatoes, broccoli w dip, peaches
HS Pizza Meal: Stuffed crust pizza, mashed potatoes, broccoli w dip, peaches

Tuesday, 5/2
Elementary: Popcorn chicken, buttered pasta, sugar snap peas, applesauce
HS Hot Meal: Buffalo chicken mac & cheese, stewed tomatoes, spinach salad, corn bread pears
HS Cold Meal: Egg/cheese/sausage wrap, stewed tomatoes, spinach salad, corn bread pears
HS Pizza Meal: French bread pizza, stewed tomatoes, spinach salad, corn bread pears

Wednesday, 5/3
Elementary: Cheese ravioli w sauce, steamed zucchini, salad w dressing, melon cubes
HS Hot Meal: Chicken parm sandwich, sweet potato tots, corn, mangoes
HS Cold Meal: Chicken Caesar salad, sweet potato tots, corn, mangoes
HS Pizza Meal: Buffalo chicken pizza, sweet potato tots, corn, mangoes

Thursday, 5/4
Elementary: Cheese meatloaf burger, smile fries, corn on the cob, mandarin oranges
HS Hot Meal: Bean & meat chili w breadstick, steamed snap peas, corn, fruit cocktail
HS Cold Meal: Chicken Caesar wrap, steamed snap peas, corn, fruit cocktail
HS Pizza Meal: Cheese pizza, steamed snap peas, corn, fruit cocktail

New Members of National Honor Society

This Tuesday night, five new members were inducted into the Berks Christian School chapter of National Honor Society. We are proud of the scholarship, service, leadership, and character these students exhibit and congratulate them on this honor.

BCS Beat: Issue 8.33

Upcoming Events

April 21: Compassion Dress Down Day (Bring at least $2)
April 21: Volleyball Open Gym (see details below)
April 25: National Honor Society Induction, 7:00 pm
April 27: Spring Recital, 7:00 pm (Performers should report at 6:45)
May 2: Serve-a-Thon
May 9: Elementary Musical
May 12: Spring Concert
May 23: Celebrate BCS Night
May 30: BCS Night at the Fightin's
August 29th: First day of school for 17/18 school year! (Full school calendar coming soon)

Serve-a-Thon 2017

Permission Forms Needed

If you haven't turned in your white permission form, please do so immediately. Your child may not participate in this all-school, all-day event unless we have received the permission form.

Progress Toward Our Goal

We're more than halfway toward our goal of sending out 3,000 sponsorship letters. So far 2,186 letters have been collected and mailed. Just 814 left to go toward our total goal! Our next goal is to hit 2,200 letters to earn ice cream for the whole school.

Please contact Mrs Bromwell if you need more letters! And don't forget that you can submit sponsorship requests via email by using this auto-email webpage we've set up. There is plenty of time to be in the running for our three big prizes, awarded to the three families who submit the most letters. Prizes are $300 for first place, $200 for second place, and $100 for third place. You must submit at least 50 letters in order to be eligible for these prizes.

Athletics

Track Schedule

Thursday, 4/20: Varsity Track Meet at Susuenita High School, 3:45
Friday, 4/21: Middle School and Varsity Practice, 3:00 - 4:30
Monday, 4/24: Middle School and Varsity Practice, 3:00 - 4:30
Tuesday, 4/25: Middle School and Varsity Practice, 3:00 - 4:30
Wednesday, 4/26: Varsity Track Meet, team departs at 6:15 am
Thursday, 4/27: Middle School Track Meet, team departs at 6:15 am

Parent Volunteer Wanted!

We need a MIDDLE SCHOOL parent to help on April 27th at the MACSA Middle School meet at Messiah College. This is an all-day event. Volunteering would involve running a field event, but don't be intimidated! No previous track experience is required; this is an easy job. If you are willing to help out, please contact Kody Godsey by emailing kgodsey@berkschristian.org.

Boost the Boosters

Berks Christian Athletic Boosters is partnering with the Exeter Youth Soccer Association for the upcoming spring soccer season (Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from mid-April through June). Exeter Youth Soccer Association uses the BCS field for these events and boosters will be selling concessions here at BCS during all youth soccer events. We are looking for an individual who would be willing to head up concession sales at these events. We will also need plenty of additional volunteers to help out. All proceeds will go towards the Athletic Program. Please contact Athletic Director Kody Godsey (kgodsey@berkschristian.org) if you are willing to lead in this area.

7th-12th Grade Girls Volleyball Open Gym

We will be having our first volleyball open gym of the season tomorrow Friday, April 21st from 4:30 - 6:00 pm. Even if you haven't played volleyball but are interested for next year feel free to come. Please email Miss Klase (rklase@berkschristian.org) if you plan to come. If you are not on the track team you may stay after school to work on homework until the open gym starts.

Event Details

National Honor Society Induction

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On April 25th, we'll be inducting five new members in the Berks Christian School chapter of National Honor Society. Please join us for this special evening. The ceremony will take place in the BCS Auditorium at 7:00 pm.

Still Need Service Hours?

A great community event might help you check off those service hour requirements! Take a look at this website about the Great American Cleanup, which is taking place in Reading this weekend!

PMEA Elementary Band & Orchestra Fest:  April 28

Representing BCS in the PMEA Elementary Band and Orchestra Festival is our fifth grader, Nate, playing Alto Saxophone. This event is held in Kutztown and showcases the instrumental talents of the best students from schools in a three county area. A guest conductor works with the students for several hours on music they have practiced before hand. A string orchestra and a band concert are performed that evening. Contact Mr Rappoldt (lrappoldt@berkschristian.org) if you'd like more details.

BCS Night at the Fightin's

News and Updates

Middle School Tutoring

One of our high school students offers tutoring every Monday from 3:00 - 4:45 for any middle school students who would like help with homework, studying, or organization. Any Monday that a 6th-8th grader that would like to stay please email attendance@berkschristian.org.

Hallways of Hope Scholarship

It's our third year offering the unique Hallways of Hope Scholarship Program and we're excited about making it possible for some new families to join our BCS community. The scholarship is for newly­ enrolling families who are suggested by a current member of the BCS community. Contact the office for literature you can use to share with friends about this scholarship.

Refer a Friend

Don't forget about our referral discounts! Do you have a friend who's still on the fence about their family's schooling decision for next year? Please invite him or her to contact the school office for an educational consultation. If you refer a friend, neighbor, coworker, or anyone else you know, and they enroll, you will get a discount on your tuition, and so will the new family. Refer-a-Friend post cards are available in the school office. Give one to someone you know!

Jump In and Join Us

Interested in Financial Aid for 17/18 School Year?

Remember that all returning families (that's you!) who are interested in financial aid must apply for aid by April 30th (that's TEN days away!). You can apply for aid here. Families who applied will receive initial aid letters by May 10th.

Volunteers Needed for Data Entry

We need a volunteer or two to help with some data entry and data maintenance for our new donor database. This database will help us track and manage our partners better, but the initial set-up will be time-consuming and we'd love some willing hands to help out. It's not glamorous, but it would be very helpful and can be done remotely from your home. Interested people should contact Mr Warner by emailing pwarner@berkschristian.org.

Around Campus

Lunch Menu for Coming Week

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Friday, 4/21
Elementary: Grilled cheese panini, tomato soup, goldfish crackers, cucumber salad, applesauce
HS Hot Meal: Chicken wings and roll, black beans and mexi-corn, salsa, mangoes
HS Cold Meal: Italian panini, black beans and mexi-corn, salsa, mangoes
HS Pizza Meal: NY Pepperoni pizza, black beans and mexi-corn, salsa, mangoes

Monday, 4/24
Elementary: Cheeseburger, potato smiles, seasoned cauliflower, peaches
HS Hot Meal: French toast sticks w ham, hash browns, cauliflower, pineapple
HS Cold Meal: Chicken and waffles, hash browns, cauliflower, pineapple
HS Pizza Meal: Stuffed crust pizza, hash browns, cauliflower, pineapple

Tuesday, 4/25
Elementary: Taco salad over rice, carrots & celery w dip, apples, cookie
HS Hot Meal: Hot dog w chili and cheese, curly fries, baked beans, fruit crisp
HS Cold Meal: Fish sliders, curly fries, baked beans, fruit crisp
HS Pizza Meal: French bread pizza, curly fries, baked beans, fruit crisp

Wednesday, 4/26
Elementary: Cheese and chicken quesadilla, salsa w chips, black beans and mexi-corn, mango
HS Hot Meal: Calzone w sauce, roasted squash, romaine mix, strawberries
HS Cold Meal: Chicken parm sandwich, roasted squash, romaine mix, strawberries
HS Pizza Meal: Buffalo chicken pizza, roasted squash, romaine mix, strawberries

Preschool's Baby Chicks

Preschool successfully hatched 19 baby chicks as part of our unit on "New Life." Thank you to Nevin Mast and Bendybrook Farm for helping us to discover how amazing our God is!

BCS Beat: Issue 8.32

Upcoming Events

April 7-8: Behold the Lamb (see details below!)
April 10-12: TerraNova Testing
April 13-18: Easter Break
April 19: Snow Make-Up Day
April 21: Compassion Dress Down Day (Bring at least $2)
April 25: National Honor Society Induction, 7:00 pm
May 2: Serve-a-Thon
May 9: Elementary Musical
May 12: Spring Concert
May 23: Celebrate BCS Night

Athletics

Track Schedule

Friday, 4/7: Varsity Track Meet at Tulpehocken Jr/Sr High School, 3:30 // No Middle School practice
Monday, 4/10: Varsity and Middle School practice, 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Tuesday, 4/11: Varsity and Middle School practice, 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Thursday, 4/20: Varsity Track Meet at Susuenita High School, 3:45

Parent Volunteers Wanted!

Two upcoming track meets require additional volunteers. We need a VARSITY parent to help out on April 26th at the MACSA High School meet at Messiah College. This is an all-day event. We also need a MIDDLE SCHOOL parent to help on April 27th at the MACSA Middle School meet at Messiah College. This is also an all-day event. Volunteering would involve running a field event, but don't be intimidated! No previous track experience is required; this is an easy job. If you are willing to help out, please contact Kody Godsey by emailing kgodsey@berkschristian.org.

Boost the Boosters

Berks Christian Athletic Boosters is partnering with the Exeter Youth Soccer Association for the upcoming spring soccer season (Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from mid-April through June). Exeter Youth Soccer Association uses the BCS field for these events and boosters will be selling concessions here at BCS during all youth soccer events. We are looking for an individual who would be willing to head up concession sales at these events. We will also need plenty of additional volunteers to help out. All proceeds will go towards the Athletic Program. Please contact Athletic Director Kody Godsey (kgodsey@berkschristian.org) if you are willing to lead in this area.

Event Details

Behold the Lamb

Don't miss this special Easter community concert, sponsored by Berks Christian School. Fifty community members will be joining our high school choir for this special event held at First City Parish of Reading City Church (611 Washington Street, Reading). Concert is at 6:30 pm on Saturday, April 8th and is free. Freewill offering will be taken to support Hope Rescue Mission. For more info, please visit beholdthelamb2017.org.

Please like and share our facebook events here (for the Friday night Lancaster concert) and here (for the Saturday evening concert in Reading).

Tips for Successful Testing

Our TerraNova standardized testing is NEXT WEEK, April 10 - 12. We've got a few tips to help you do your best on these.

1. Get a good night's rest the night before and each night during the testing
2. Eat a nutritious breakfast and lunch
3. Arrive to school on time to be ready for the start of testing

NOTE: High School students should plan to bring calculators for the math sections on Wednesday. Cell phones are NOT PERMITTED, even when used as calculators. BCS is not equipped to provide calculators for all students, so please bring your own.

National Honor Society Induction

On April 25th, we'll be inducting five new members in the Berks Christian School chapter of National Honor Society. Please join us for this special evening. The ceremony will take place in the BCS Auditorium at 7:00 pm.

Serve-a-Thon 2017

Paperwork Needed

If you haven't turned in your white permission form and/or your pink parent agreement form, we need those in the office right away.

Progress Toward Our Goal

We've got a good start toward our goal of sending out 3,000 sponsorship letters. So far 2,109 letters have been collected and mailed. Our next goal is to hit 2,200 letters to earn ice cream for the whole school.

Please contact Mrs Bromwell if you need more letters! And don't forget that you can submit sponsorship requests via email by using this auto-email webpage we've set up. There is plenty of time to be in the running for our three big prizes, awarded to the three families who submit the most letters. Prizes are $300 for first place, $200 for second place, and $100 for third place. You must submit at least 50 letters in order to be eligible for these prizes.

News and Updates

Middle School Tutoring

One of our high school students offers tutoring every Monday from 3:00 - 4:45 for any middle school students who would like help with homework, studying, or organization. Any Monday that a 6th-8th grader that would like to stay please email attendance@berkschristian.org.

Jump In and Join Us

Interested in Financial Aid for 17/18 School Year?

Remember that all returning families (that's you!) who are interested in financial aid must apply for aid by April 30th. You can apply for aid here.

Subs are Needed

We are looking to add some substitute teachers to our list. We are looking for people with the following requirements:
1. Flexible schedule
2. Bachelors degree (it does not have to be in education)
3. PA Criminal Background Clearance
4. PA Child Abuse Clearance
5. FBI Fingerprinting

If you are or anyone you know are interested in being added to our sub list, please contact Miss Klase at rklase@berkschristian.org.

Volunteers Needed for Data Entry

We need a volunteer or two to help with some data entry and data maintenance for our new donor database. This database will help us track and manage our partners better, but the initial set-up will be time-consuming and we'd love some willing hands to help out. It's not glamorous, but it would be very helpful and can be done remotely from your home. Interested people should contact Mr Warner by emailing pwarner@berkschristian.org.

Around Campus

Lunch Menu for Coming Week

Friday, 4/7
Elementary: Hot ham and cheese on pretzel roll, steamed zucchini, carrots w dip, strawberries
HS Hot Meal: Grilled cheese panini, cucumber salad, baked chips, apple slices
HS Cold Meal: Asian wrap, cucumber salad, baked chips, apple slices
HS Pizza Meal: NY Pepperoni pizza, cucumber salad, baked chips, apple slices

Monday, 4/10
Elementary: Meatball sub, broccoli w dip, diced pears
HS Hot Meal: Chicken fajita wrap, peppers/onions, guacamole w chips, salsa, melon chunks
HS Cold Meal: Pub burger w cheese, peppers/onions, guacamole w chips, salsa, melon chunks
HS Pizza Meal: Stuffed crust pizza, peppers/onions, guacamole w chips, salsa, melon chunks

Tuesday, 4/11 |Holiday Easter Meals|
Elementary: Baked ham w roll, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, sweet corn, apple crisp
HS Hot Meal: Open faced hot turkey sandwich w gravy, mashed potatoes, corn, apple crisp
HS Cold Meal: Baked ham w roll, mashed potatoes, corn, apple crisp
HS Pizza Meal: French bread pizza, mashed potatoes, corn, apple crisp

Wednesday, 4/12
Elementary: Chicken salad wrap, asparagus tips, jicama fries w dip, pineapple chunks
HS Hot Meal: Eggs w biscuit and sausage, hash browns, grapes
HS Cold Meal: Tuna salad wrap, hash browns, grapes
HS Pizza Meal: Buffalo chicken pizza, hash browns, grapes

Sixth Grade Greek Projects

Sixth graders recently completed projects on Greek gods and goddesses. They each chose a Greek god, explained what the belief was about that god, and how to evangelize to someone who believes in Greek mythology. Well done, 6th grade!